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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

"Scary" Halloween

Preparing for the onslaught.For the first time ever, I had outdoor props for Halloween. But it felt as though I went overboard, even though my display was nowhere near as gruesome as our costumes on the Zombie walk.

Last winter I made this tombstone out of styrofoam. I was planning on making about 7 of them, but it was a messy job, and we were preparing to sell our house, so I stopped after just one.

Turns out one is a good number.

Thankfully the weather was very good yesterday, as I spent an hour digging a thin trench in the front yard just the right size to slide the tombstone into. I also propped it up with a few paving stones, and concealed them with leaves. I really should find a better way to hold this tombstone upright. I can't imagine how long it would have taken to set up an entire graveyard.

Not only was it time consuming to set one grave up, but it, along with the groundbreaker ghoulish head (the one delivered to me at work), and my fog machine, were actually scaring kids away from our house.

I know what you're thinking. Those wusses! I told them to suck it up, but very, very small, and very, very young toddlers don't seem to respond well to intimidation. I am used to getting teenaged trick-or-treaters: the ones that actually appreciate some of this stuff. But this year, in our new house, the average age of the kids we got was about 4.

So, off went the fog machine, and I spent much of the night consoling small pink ponies, baby ninjas, and more princesses than I could shake a stick at. But I have to admit it was 10x better than worrying about teenagers making off with half my props while I waited for the doorbell to ring.

For me it was a Happy Halloween. For the kids, it was most definitely scary.

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4 Comments:

Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

When I took the kids out I didnt let them go into the ones with fog coming out I was scared they would run and get hurt...

I thought they were totally awesome but, they were scared to death...lol

:~)

4:54:00 PM

 
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7:55:00 AM

 
Blogger Rainypete said...

Maybe I'm a bad parent. I took my two year old daughter to all the spooky houses. The funny part is that it didn't seem to bother her at all. She even laughed at a lady in a massive ghoulish head and cloak. At home she was even bugging me to put on my Michael Myers mask again and again. She wore it too, but took it off again before I could get the camera on her stating "It's too big Daddy, you put it on". I'm so proud.

7:56:00 AM

 
Blogger Martini said...

It's strange how some kids are 'scared to death' while others the same age really enjoy the stuff. I tried to scare my 3 year old nephew with some of my more awful stuff. Instead of running away screaming, he reached to grab everything and said "coooool!"
Now, every time he comes over he wants to go straight to my Halloween stuff.

11:51:00 AM

 

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